original one-of-a-kind wedding full of good vibe come to those who work their asses off while planning DIY family farm wedding in madison, wisconsin. that hard work includes deep sea fishing in florida for mahi-mahi and king mackerel, carefully selected wines and cheese, hand making sausages for the wedding reception, putting all decorations together, and, of course, endless hours of planning.
amy and jason both been in the restaurant industry for well over a decade; he has been primarily back of house cooking and baking, while she have been solely front of house service. when couple got engaged, they knew right away they didn’t want the typical tradition wedding. that meant no caterer, no bartenders, no cake, no assigned seating and so on. that also meant that it was going to be largely diy family farm wedding. or as amy calls it “do it (y)ourselves”.
location: this was first amy and jason’s task. after a few hiccups (losing their first venue 4 months before the wedding) couple wound up using a friend of a friend’s parent’s backyard. filled with trees, gardens, wetlands, location had heaps of space for guests and kids to run around. that was a good start.
food: once the location was settled, it really became all about the food and beverage. during that diy family farm wedding wisconsin planning stage amy and jason were dedicated in sourcing all of their protein and vegetables from areas around madison wisconsin. the idea behind it was to support local farmers. and it was easy task due of the strong relationship with local vendors that amy and jason have built throughout many years via shopping dane county farmer’s market on saturday. as far as wedding menu creativity went, from the very beginning amy and jason wanted their friends to have as much as possible while helping pout the wedding together. so while they offered guidance in terms of likes and dislikes, they ultimately left the decisions and flexibility to those up for those cooking (neil from stalzy’s, patrick from oliver’s public house, etc).
beverage: amy and jason ordered variety of wines from in vino veritas wine distributors as well bunch of different beers from local breweries.
decorations/lights: amy and jason asked proprietor of the venue to put away some square hay bales (that he harvested before their wedding) so they could use them as seating. for covers they used burlap sacks. and for burlap sacks couple reached out to barriques, a local coffee roaster. jason’s father brought a few hundred mason jars that later were filled with candles and placed all over the garden to illuminate the paths in the darkness. couple also bought some battery powered led light strings that they strung in trees around the area.
tent/ furniture: after all above was taken care of it was a matter of renting a tent and some tables with chairs for the wedding reception.
and it would nice to say that just like that a diy family farm wedding venue was born, but there were plenty more moments where amy and jason’s diy attitude came into play. they won’t be listed here, but let’s just say that popcorn was popped, lights were strung, grasses were mown, firewood was chopped, and the crowd was fed. many of it thanks to the lovely help and support that they had from their friends and family.
and while amy agrees that diy family farm wedding wisconsin is certainly more work than your average wedding, all diy customization also means, that your family farm wedding day will be unique and exactly the way you wanted it.
ceremony/reception: friends backyard in middleton, wi
bride’s sandals: toms
bridesmaid dresses: bhldn
groom’s suit: men’s wearhouse
catering company: stalzy’s deli
catering company: oliver’s public house
catering company: jordandal cookhouse
wine: in vino veritas
craft punch: death’s door spirits
rentals: event essentials
transportation: badger bus
hotel: hilton monona terrace
wedding date: 9.4.2016